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Bill Miller

Native American Artist, Musician, and Educator

Bill Miller is an award-winning Native American recording artist, performer, songwriter, activist, painter, and world-class native flute player. Over the entirety, Miller has produced over a dozen albums, received three GRAMMY® Awards, numerous Native American Music Awards & Association (NAMA) awards (including a “Lifetime Achievement” Award) and led Wisconsin’s La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. He is…

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Bill Miller is an award-winning Native American recording artist, performer, songwriter, activist, painter, and world-class native flute player. Over the entirety, Miller has produced over a dozen albums, received three GRAMMY® Awards, numerous Native American Music Awards & Association (NAMA) awards (including a “Lifetime Achievement” Award) and led Wisconsin’s La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. He is now touring in support of the history-making album release, Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited, on which he performed the title track.

A Mohican Indian from northern Wisconsin, Miller grew up amid the streams and woodlands of the reservation (his tribe is properly called Mahicanuk, which means “People From Where The Waters Are Never Still”). He has long been one of the most admired figures in the Native American arts and activist arenas, respectively, and beyond – a voice for the voiceless, a link between two great and clashing civilizations.

Bill Miller pursues an equally active career as a visual fine artist, and is exclusively represented worldwide by American Indian art authority and private fine art dealer Ken Lingad (Indian Pueblo of Isleta). Constantly creating fresh works of visual art, his painted masterpieces and drawings have been shown and sold in prestigious galleries around the country, while several of his iconic paintings have been acquired by the Smithsonian Museum and other important collections.

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Twelve Feathers of Healing
Growing up in an abusive, alcoholic home and surviving racial inequality, Bill is no stranger to hardship. In this talk Bill walks through the “Twelve Feathers of Healing” that he developed to overcome and reconcile his past. He takes his audience from the shallows to the depths and shows how to face the storms of life by being led by the spirit, ultimately coming out victorious and blessing others.

The Red Road to Victory: Reconciliation and Diversity
After a brief review of his Mohican tribal history and an intimate look into his native culture, Bill shares three personal stories. His journey from victim to victory is charted and he illustrates the wisdom of “the twelve feathers of healing” to model his vision of transformation through reconciliation. Bill illustrates the relationship between majority and minority cultures, the ineffectual result of teaching tolerance and assimilation, and instead promotes a redemptive culture of understanding and peace.

How to Build the Perfect Tipi: Bridging the Gap Between Values and Business
To the tribes of the plains, the tipi is much more than a place to live. In this talk Bill walks through the symbolic elements of the tipi and explains how the natives used all of the resources they had along with their heritage and spiritual beliefs to build the perfect tipi. This message of staying true to one’s self comes from a man who has lived out these truths in his own life and been honored with 3 Grammy awards as a result.”

This Earth is Sacred Ground
As a Native American, Bill shares a fresh perspective on environmental responsibility. His emphasis is on the holy and whole aspects of the earth and how they can enrich daily life. By sharing how the sacred ground influences his art, music and spiritual path, Bill demonstrates a new model for preserving, protecting and honoring the planet.

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High Spirits Interviews - Bill Miller

GUEST SPEAKER: Bill Miller - Native American Heritage Month

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